Swedish home furnishings giant IKEA announced on March 28 that a 1.21-MW solar array, built with 3,546 panels, has been completed atop its future Columbus store, which will open this coming summer. The retailer claims that the system will be among the largest solar rooftops in Ohio, just as is the Cincinnati-area one.
American Family Insurance began installation at its Madison, Wisconsin headquarters on March 24 of what the 90-year-old company claims will be the state’s largest rooftop solar array. Turnkey commercial developer SunPeak, also of Madison, will deploy 4,500 solar panels for the project, which is expected to take about two to three months to complete.
This week the University of Massachusetts – a public system that enrolls about 73,000 students – earned some new credentials in environmental sustainability. The university dedicated a net-zero facility at its flagship campus in Amherst on March 22 and; the next day, began receiving power at its Boston campus from a remote, 3.9-MW solar array that has been pegged as the largest operational rooftop installation statewide.
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) – a nonprofit organization dedicated to cost-effectively shifting businesses, communities, and institutions to energy efficiency and renewables – issued a request for proposals (RFP) on March 14 to develop 16.75-MW of community-scale solar generation on behalf of six rural electric cooperatives based in eastern Colorado.
A $1 million energy efficiency project has been completed at the New York State Office of Mental Health’s Pilgrim Psychiatric Center in Brentwood, which is on Long Island. The initiative included enhanced boiler controls, high efficiency outdoor lighting and upgrades to the air handling system, … Read more…